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Ag Tech Precision Spray Autopilot uses Aerotenna’s new, Zynq-based Smart Drone Dev Platform

by Xilinx Employee ‎09-11-2017 11:45 AM - edited ‎09-11-2017 04:23 PM (7,286 Views)

 

Last week, Aerotenna announced its ready-to-fly Smart Drone Development Platform, based on its OcPoC with Xilinx Zynq Mini Flight Controller. Other components in the $3499 Drone Dev Platform include Aerotenna’s μLanding radar altimeter, three Aerotenna μSharp-Patch collision avoidance radar sensors, one Aerotenna CAN hub, a remote controller, and a pre-assembled quadcopter airframe:

 

 

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The OcPoC flight controller uses the Zynq SoC’s additional processing power and I/O flexibility—embodied in the on-chip programmable FPGA fabric and programmable I/O—to handle the immense sensor load presented to a drone in flight through sensor fusion and on-board, real-time processing. The Aerotenna OcPoC flight controller handles more than 100 sense inputs.

 

How well do all of these Aerotenna drone components work together? Well, one indication of how well integrated they are is another announcement last week—made jointly by Aerotenna and UAVenture of Switzerland—to roll out the Precision Spray Autopilot—a “simple plug-and-play solution, allowing quick and easy integration into your existing multirotor spraying drones.” This piece of advanced Ag Tech is designed to create smart drones for agricultural spraying applications.

 

 

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The Precision Spray Autopilot in Action

 

 

 

The Precision Spray Autopilot’s  features include:

 

 

  • Fly spray missions from a tablet or with a remote control
  • Radar-based, high-performance terrain following
  • Real-time adjustment of flight height and speed
  • In-flight spray-rate monitoring and control
  • Auto-refill and return to mission
  • Field-tested in simple and complex fields

 

 

What’s even cooler is this 1-minute demo video of the Precision Spray Autopilot in action:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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